It’s thumbs up for ‘dhoti’ in Secretariat, says TN Government

PTI Chennai | Updated on June 01, 2019 Published on June 01, 2019

A file photo of Puducherry government staff report for duty in traditional attire

The dress code mandates its staff to avoid casual attire

The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday made it clear that its men employees can wear dhoti reflecting Tamil culture or any Indian traditional dress and at the same time wanted them to avoid casual attire.

Days after the government asked its Secretariat employees to avoid casual clothes and wear neat, clean, formal attire, the government has now clarified that traditional dress like veshti (dhoti) is always permissible for its staff.

Through a Government Order (GO) dated May 28, 2019, the government had amended the “Tamil Nadu Secretariat Office Manual,” mandating the dress code.

A revised GO issued today (1 June) by Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan said: “Government servants are required to wear neat, clean, formal attire that is appropriate to the work place setting, so as to maintain the decorum of the office, while in duty, like saree or salwar kameez or churidhar with dupatta in the case of female government servants...

...and shirts with formal pants or veshti (dhoti) reflecting Tamil culture or any Indian traditional dress, in the case of male government servants. Casual attire shall be avoided.”

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Published on June 01, 2019
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